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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-24-09 03:02 PM
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Ronald Reagan FLIP FLOPPING on Medicare!
Edited on Mon Aug-24-09 03:05 PM by Joanne98
The transcript:

CARTER: Governor Reagan, as a matter of fact, began his political career campaigning around this nation against Medicare. Now, we have an opportunity to move toward national health insurance, with an emphasis on the prevention of disease, an emphasis on out-patient care, not in-patient care; an emphasis on hospital cost containment to hold down the cost of hospital care far those who are ill, an emphasis on catastrophic health insurance, so that if a family is threatened with being wiped out economically because of a very high medical bill, then the insurance would help pay for it. These are the kinds of elements of a national health insurance, important to the American people. Governor Reagan, again, typically is against such a proposal.

MODERATOR: Governor?

REAGAN: There you go again. When I opposed Medicare, there was another piece of legislation meeting the same problem before the Congress. I happened to favor the other piece of legislation and thought that it would be better for the senior citizens and provide better care than the one that was finally passed. I was not opposing the principle of providing care for them. I was opposing one piece of legislation versus another.


And this was his original speech where he called Medicare SOCIALISM...

In 1961 as part of Operation Coffee Cup, Ronald Reagan recorded a long playing record as a paid spokesperson for the American Medical Association called "Ronald Reagan speaks out against SOCIALIZED MEDICINE", excerpts of which are provided here.

Reagan claimed what eventually would become Medicare a few years later was being pushed by liberals who were actually nothing other than Socialists, would provide a "foot in the door" which would quickly lead to government mandated and rationed health care, and would shortly lead to a complete Socialist dictatorship.

Medicare was passed and became law in 1965, Reagan went on to become the 40th president of the United States in 1981.

Sound familiar??? The exact same utter nonsense is being screamed today by the right against health care reform.

See Michael Steele is just like Reagan. He was against Medicare before he was for it!
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Progressivism Donating Member (142 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-08-09 10:09 PM
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1. Wow.
They were moving toward National Health Insurance in 1980 ? That's clearly evidence of a rightward shift in America. Thankfully ,Reagan now seems to just be a postponer and not a preventer of progress on healthcare. History can be seen as the story of sacrificing "freedom" for fairness.
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